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Niagara Falls Horticultural Society Present a Cheque for a Named Bursary

Members of the Niagara Falls Horticultural Society participated in Niagara College’s In Your Backyard Open House on March 20th. April Mann, President, [NF Hort Society 2010-03] and Dianne Miller presented a cheque to Helen Armstrong, Student Awards Officer, for $6,000 to establish a bursary for Niagara College students in the Horticultural Technician program. The donation will be endowed and matched by Ontario Trust for Student Support.


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PenFinancial Credit Union Establishes Niagara College Bursary for Students From the School of Community Services.

PenFinancial Credit Union presented the Niagara College Foundation with a $10,000 donation, during the first Placement Appreciation Event, hosted by the School of Community Services on February 9, 2010.

The donation will establish a bursary to benefit a first-year Niagara College student with financial need in programs including Child and Youth Worker, Community and Justice Services, Educational Assistant – Special Needs Support, Early Childhood Education, Health and Fitness Promotion, Recreation and Leisure Services, and Social Service Worker. The gift will be matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support to establish an endowed fund, which will provide an annual $500 bursary.

“PenFinancial Credit Union is very proud to support the Niagara College Foundation by investing in a bursary to be awarded annually to a student entering a Community Services program at Niagara College,” said Bob Watson, Chief Executive Officer at PenFinancial. “As a Niagara based financial institution, we place a high value on the efforts of our community and social services sector, as they help to make Niagara a safe, healthy and vibrant place to live and work.”

“PenFinancial’s generous support will create an educational opportunity for a student who might otherwise be unable to pursue his or her academic and career goals,” said Sean Kennedy, Niagara College Vice President, Student and External Relations and CEO of the Niagara College Foundation.

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The Craig Award is a new scholarship founded by Jon and Lynn Ogryzlo in memory of their late son, Craig Persia Ogryzlo. The award will be based on successful research outcomes on a collaboration project between the student, Niagara College’s Research and Innovation Department, and an industry or community partner.   Lynn is a food and wine author and columnist, and Jon is Niagara College’s Dean of Food and Wine Sciences.

“I love this project because it financially supports a student’s academic efforts while offering them a creative experience in the business of agriculture,” said Lynn Ogryzlo. “This new activity will draw positive attention to Niagara agriculture and inspire Niagara College students to become ambassadors of the  region’s home-grown richness.”

The $12,000 gift from the Ogryzlo family will be endowed and matched by Ontario Trust for Student Support, and will generate a $1,000 annual award at current interest rates.  The donation is counted towards the $16.5 million goal for the Niagara College Foundation’s Building Futures Campaign, which is raising money for scholarships and bursaries, applied research, and buildings, equipment and learning resources.

Agricultural innovation is happening in Niagara through research projects that range from a new ice wine project, cabernet and chardonnay curd and caramel-coated fresh apples to Red Fyfe wheat pasta.

The scholarship was made possible through the internationally acclaimed, Canadian best-selling cookbook Niagara Cooks. Authored by Lynn and photographed by Jon, the successful sales through farm and independent retail outlets allowed them to create a fund for this scholarship. Niagara Cooks is a cookbook that is filled with quick and easy recipes that will whet your appetite for the lighter flavour of fresh, local foods, along with sources for obtaining local ingredients, and wine pairings that make it easy to create your own local meals to share with family and friends.

“We are honoured that the Ogryzlo family has chosen to honour their son’s memory by establishing a research scholarship for Niagara College students,” said Marti Jurmain, Niagara College’s Director of Research and Innovation. “The Craig Award will provide an opportunity for students to participate in applied research activities that will help in the advancement of Niagara wine and culinary industries.”

Through its applied research department – Niagara Research – Niagara College partners with businesses and community agencies to conduct applied research projects that model or simulate solutions, develop and test prototypes, adopt new technologies and knowledge, develop and evaluate new or improved products, processes or solutions to community issues.

With 8,000 full-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, baccalaureate degrees and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, and the College is home to the globally-recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and Niagara College Teaching Winery. In 2008, Niagara College launched a $90 million campus redevelopment project, which is scheduled for completion in 2011.

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The Lincoln Garden Club Presents $6,000 Cheque to Support the School of Horticulture

The Lincoln Garden Club presented a $6,000 cheque to the Niagara College Foundation for the School of Horticulture. The donation will be endowed and matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support Program and will be used to support a student in any of the College’s horticultural programs. The money was raised at the Club’s annual plant sale held at the Beamsville Fairgrounds each May. Holding the cheque is College president, Dan Patterson, and Angela Calixto, president of the Lincoln Garden Club.

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Niagara Region Police Association Donates $12,000 to Establish Bursaries for Police Foundations Program

The Niagara Region Police Association (NRPA) donated $12,000 to establish a bursary that will be endowed and matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support. The fund will provide two $500 bursaries annually for a male and female student in the Police Foundations program. From left: Rick Gordon, civilian NRPA director; Paul Di Simoni, NRPA president/ceo; Allan Magnacca, past chair, Niagara College Foundation Board of Directors; Mike Tripp, detective constable, Niagara Regional Police Service and chair of the Program Advisory Committee; and David Veres, dean, Community Studies, Niagara College.

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NOTL Bed and Breakfast Association Establishes Winery and Viticulture Technician Bursary

The Niagara College Foundation received a cheque for $6,000 from Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Bed and Breakfast Association towards a bursary in the Winery and Viticulture Technician program.  From left: Trish Badham of the association; College President Dan Patterson; Rick Jorgensen of the association; Helen Armstrong, student awards officer; and Steve Gill, winery manager.

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StudentGuard Insurance Contributes $100,000 to the Building Futures Campaign

Keith Segal, CEO of StudentGuard Insurance, along with his wife, Sharon, left, present a $100,000 cheque for the Niagara College         Foundation’s Building Futures Campaign to library manager, Karen McGrath. The donation will be used to establish scholarships for international and domestic students, and to fund learning resources and equipment purchases for the new library and learning commons. International students, from left, are Kenneth Hu, Rasahad Morley, Dan Lu and Abdullah Alyamani.

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